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MLB's Longest Home Run Blasts of the 2013 Season

Zak SchmollAnalyst IDecember 7, 2016

MLB's Longest Home Run Blasts of the 2013 Season

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    The great Ted Williams said that the hardest thing to do in sports is hit a baseball. 

    How much harder than that is it to hit a baseball with such power that it flies hundreds of feet through the air? Exponentially harder, I imagine.

    Home runs require a combination of strength and accuracy. Obviously, the power needs to be there, but if the ball is not hit right off the sweet spot of the bat, it might simply be a dribbler down the third base line.

    Using an amazing tool from ESPN called the Home Run Tracker, I am going to pull out the 10 longest home runs of 2013 in terms of true distance. This is defined as the distance the ball would have traveled if it had continued traveling down to the field level without being impeded by bleachers or fans.

10. Mike Napoli, Boston Red Sox

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    Date: May 1, 2013

    Ballpark: Rogers Centre, Toronto

    Opposing Pitcher: Esmil Rogers, Toronto Blue Jays

    True Distance: 467 feet

    Fun Fact: Of all the home runs on this list, this one has the highest apex at 133 feet. That is undoubtedly a moonshot.

9. Colby Rasmus, Toronto Blue Jays

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    Date: April 6, 2013

    Ballpark: Rogers Centre, Toronto

    Opposing Pitcher: Alfredo Aceves, Boston Red Sox

    True Distance: 468 feet

    Fun Fact: The Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays are the only teams to have both a home run hitter on the list as well as a pitcher who surrendered one of the home runs.

8. Todd Frazier, Cincinnati Reds

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    Date: April 24, 2013

    Ballpark: Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati

    Opposing Pitcher: Jeff Samardzija, Chicago Cubs

    True Distance: 470 feet

    Fun Fact: This is the second of four home runs on this list that was hit in April. It was easily the most popular month for major home runs.

7. Mark Trumbo, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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    Date: September 7, 2013

    Ballpark: Angel Stadium, Anaheim

    Opposing Pitcher: Derek Holland, Texas Rangers

    True Distance: 471 feet

    Fun Fact: Mark Trumbo hit more home runs than any of the other hitters on this list this season with 34 at the time of writing.

6. Jay Bruce, Cincinnati Reds

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    Date: June 22, 2013

    Ballpark: Chase Field, Phoenix

    Opposing Pitcher: Patrick Corbin, Arizona Diamondbacks

    True Distance: 472 feet

    Fun Fact: The Cincinnati Reds are the only team to have two players on this list (Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier).

5. Mike Napoli, Boston Red Sox

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    Date: May 1, 2013

    Ballpark: Rogers Centre, Toronto

    Opposing Pitcher: Mark Buehrle, Toronto Blue Jays

    True Distance: 472 feet

    Fun Fact: This was quite the day for Mike Napoli who put two home runs on this list three innings apart (this one came in the fourth inning while his 10th-place blast was hit in the seventh).

4. Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs

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    Date: April 18, 2013

    Ballpark: Wrigley Field, Chicago

    Opposing Pitcher: Alexi Ogando, Texas Rangers

    True Distance: 475 feet

    Fun Fact: Four of the home runs on this list were hit by a player in his own ballpark. Anthony Rizzo’s went farthest.

3. Mark Trumbo, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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    Date: April 29, 2013

    Ballpark: O.co Coliseum

    Opposing Pitcher: Dan Straily, Oakland Athletics

    True Distance: 475 feet

    Fun Fact: When the ball left Mark Trumbo’s bat, it was traveling at 120.1 mph. That was the fastest on this list and the fastest of the season in all of Major League Baseball.

2. Hunter Pence, San Francisco Giants

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    Date: August 27, 2013

    Ballpark: Coors Field, Denver

    Opposing Pitcher: Chad Bettis, Colorado Rockies

    True Distance: 476 feet

    Fun Fact: This home run was hit in the first inning, and each of the top seven home runs was hit in the first half of the game while none of the top 10 were hit later than the seventh.

1. Evan Gattis, Atlanta Braves

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    Date: September 8, 2013

    Ballpark: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia

    Opposing Pitcher: Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies

    True Distance: 486 feet

    Fun Fact: While this was an incredibly impressive home run, it would have only been the third longest in 2012 behind Giancarlo Stanton and Edwin Encarnacion.

     

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